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The Handbook For Humans

There is no a handbook for growing up and old that I know of yet. There are so many things they just don’t tell you. Things that will predictably happen as you age. One thing I just learned about is Sarcopenia. From the time you are born to around the time you turn 30, your […]

Small Garden? High Calorie Root Crops may help.

When following the Gro-biointensive guidelines it is recommended that 30% of the growing space be devoted to high calorie root crops. These 7 plants have been studied intensively and provide the most calories per square foot of anything you can grow! Even at 7300′ we have successfully grown them all outside except sweet potatoes. They are: […]

How many times do you use your hay?

Hay How many times do YOU reuse your hay? For me it’s 4 times. First: feed it to the goats, Second: what falls to the floor becomes bedding, by spring a thick layer that quickly absorbs urine ( I only clean the goat barn once a year!) Third: rake up some of the hay for […]

Dead Trees?

Well, 6 out of 12 apple trees are alive. The other 6 are still alive, only the root stock. I will monitor them and see if they will make a tree someday. Then I can chip bud some good apple branches onto them. Here you can see how the main trunk is dead, but they […]

Desiccant=you don’t eat it.

I want to clarify something. A desiccant is a chemical or process used to dry things or to keep them dry. We do not eat them, or do we? Wikipedia says: A desiccant is a hygroscopic substance that induces or sustains a state of dryness (desiccation) in its vicinity. Commonly encountered pre-packaged desiccants are solids […]

Home Made Bedding

Believe it or not we even make the bedding for the nesting boxes for the chickens. Beautiful, fresh, sweet smelling wood shavings come from our planer. Every time we process wood to use in the house I carefully sweep up the shavings. Sometimes we run out and I use dried grasses , or spent hay […]

Winter Digging

Every truly addicted gardener should have an indoor garden when they live in a cold climate. Besides, it sure keeps you in shape for digging! I used to can and freeze food, but now we eat fresh year round, even when it is -20* and 4′ of snow on the ground. I am amazed that […]

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Chicken Coop/Greenhouse

“We have a new greenhouse”, say the little red hens! A chicken coop sharing a common wall with the greenhouse. Not a new idea, but new to our neck of the woods. Windows in the shared wall allow air to flow. Warm BTU’s from the chickens at night, sun warmed air from the greenhouse to […]

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Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice, Time to Thin the Onions! We have the challenge of growing food all year long. That is the goal. No frozen food, no canned food, no dried food. Well, at least not too much. So this year I planted some onions and beets later in August and left them under the protection of […]

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Times They Are A Changing

Times They Are A Changing The world is speeding up it seems to me. The seasons are more sporadic. Winter in spring, fall in summer, cold and hot in the same week. This fall we went from 50* to 23* in one day. The leaves on the fruit trees turned brown overnight. It seemed they […]